PLE Research

Public Legal Education (PLE) works to extend legal knowledge and skills to millions of Canadians. These efforts have been accompanied by research and reflection as the PLE community has worked to ground its practice in theory and its theory in practice.

In this section, you will find research reports about public legal education issues, including such topics as how to deliver PLE effectively and how to perform needs assessment in PLE.

For research about legal issues, see the sections Law Reform and Research Reports.

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The Community Legal Education Ontario Centre (CLEO) for Research & Innovation conducts research and initiates projects to help build the capacity of the community sector to reach marginalized communities with effective legal information. The Centre is a pilot project established in 2010 with funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Related legal topic(s): Research reports and institutes

The "Just Between You and Me" project was designed to provide Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) peer support to women who had experienced family violence and assess its validity as a model for PLEI delivery. The goal of the project was that the peers would then share this information within their own networks of family, co-workers and communities, using resources already developed and existing in their areas. This PDF (56 pages, 2004) is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Research reports and institutes

In February 2002, the Department of Justice Canada contracted with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research to develop an inventory of strategies and methods used in sharing family violence law information with people living in rural areas. The inventory categorizes the various methods and makes recommendations regarding most promising practices. Ultimately this inventory is intended to serve as a blueprint for agencies that deliver family violence information in rural areas. This PDF (59 pages, 2002) is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Family violence general resources, Research reports and institutes